Biden meets Australia prime minister, talks up military ties

SYDNEY (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has met with Australia’s prime minister amid America’s continued push to boost its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Biden is in Australia as part of a tour of the Pacific. On Tuesday, he also met with troops aboard an Australian navy ship, where he shook hands with veterans of Middle East conflicts and praised Australia for being a close military ally.

Biden’s visit comes five years after President Barack Obama announced that U.S. Marines would begin rotating through the Australian city of Darwin as part of the U.S. military pivot to Asia.